Accept No Mediocre Life: Living Beyond Labels, Libels, and Limitations

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Author, trainer, pastor, and radio talk show host David Foster urges readers to rip off the labels, libels, and limitations people have stuck on them and commit to a lifelong pursuit of excellence.

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Dr.David Foster is a popular speaker, and Pastor of "The Gathering" in Nashville, Tennessee. The Gathering is a movement of Christ's followers who have come together to create environments and experiences where real people connect to God and each other for the purpose of changing the world. Started by Dr. Foster and his wife Paula in the fall of 2006, The Gathering sprang from a strategy that comes out of the new realities we face in this wall-less, wireless, worn-out world. Taking into account the use of the internet and current technologies, The Gathering extends the message of Jesus Christ without the traditional limitations of distance, and brick and mortar. Currently, there are approximately 1,000 in attendance weekly at The Gathering in downtown Nashville. Foster was also the founding pastor of Bellevue Community Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Tennessee. BCC was planted 15 years ago without money, land, or permanent buildings, with a concept outlined on a napkin by Dr. Foster during lunch in a restaurant with his wife Paula. He and his family, along with nine adults living in the Bellevue area, began meeting in the theater of the Bellevue Middle School in 1989. From those humble beginnings and with the commitment of its members and the blessing of God, BCC has become one of the fastest growing churches in Middle Tennessee.

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Foster, a pastor and radio talk show host, writes a pep talk for "those who refuse to accept mediocre as the standard by which they live their lives." To break out of the everyday rut, Foster asks for four commitments: excel at being who you are (each person is unique), where you are ("perfect conditions do not exist"), with what you have, while you can. Behind this is the premise that "doing our best glorifies God, not ourselves." Unfortunately, the book is much longer than it needs to be because of an overabundance of quotations (in one three-page sequence, Foster quotes Ann Landers, Norman Vincent Peale, Will Rogers, Mel Brooks, Shakespeare and Emerson) and shopworn illustrations—including chestnuts about the wheelbarrow trip over Niagara Falls and boiling a frog. However, nice thoughts are wedged within the filler, such as the slogan "God created you a victor, not a victim." The chapter on developing a sustainable pace for life effectively uses an acrostic on "stamina" to teach the value of trusting God, cultivating patience and developing a network of good friends. And Foster forcefully encourages a mindset of seizing everyday opportunities to help others and improve oneself. Though this guide would have been more effective without recycling so many illustrations, it contains flashes of insight on achieving excellence.
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